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Old 11-21-19, 10:57 AM
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Should I Use This Rim Tape?

My new ICAN carbon wheels came with this elastic fiber rim tape. Should I use it or go with Velox?

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Old 11-21-19, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Goldrush View Post
My new ICAN carbon wheels came with this elastic fiber rim tape. Should I use it or go with Velox?

If that's what came with the wheels, I imagine it'll be just fine.

I know it has to be better than electrical tape, lol. That's what was on my wheels, instead of rim tape, on my last (used) bike purchase. 🙄😁 They're only $2 each, at a bike shop, and not too tough to install. 😉
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Originally Posted by Goldrush View Post
My new ICAN carbon wheels came with this elastic fiber rim tape. Should I use it or go with Velox?
If a rim is supplied with a thin tape, chances are that Velox is a bad choice. That includes ANYTHING that is tubeless-ready.
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That looks very similar to Continental Easy Tape which is my choice. Thin tape makes tire mounting easier that the thick cloth type.
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Old 11-25-19, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Goldrush View Post
My new ICAN carbon wheels came with this elastic fiber rim tape. Should I use it or go with Velox?
Use two wraps of 1 mil Kapton tape totaling 0.005" versus 0.020" for Velox and 0.010 for the thinnest bicycle products. 16mm 5/8" for traditional rims, 19mm 3/4" for wide.

It'll get you a lot more slack which you'll appreciate on modern rims where manufacturers have made the center depression shallower.

If you're a weight weenie, it's the lightest.

If you're on a budget, it's the least expensive.

It's the best in every way.
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